An Alabama businesswoman is unapologetically running for Congress as a “steadfast conservative” supporting President Trump and condemning Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “socialist” squad.
Jessica Taylor announced her candidacy for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in a video advertisement that took aim at the New York Democrat and others “telling us how we should live in Alabama.”
(Video: YouTube/Jessica Taylor)
Taylor, the wife of a former Alabama state senator, is the first Republican woman to announce her bid for the seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Martha Roby who announced in July she would not be seeking reelection. Her video announcement asked the state of Alabama to “put me in the game” and called for the formation of a “conservative squad.”
The Prattville businesswoman and attorney launched her video with career highlights, touting her love of basketball and the work ethic that eventually led to her career in public service.
“I put myself through college waiting tables, earned my law degree at night and joined the governor’s staff determined to change the world,” she said in her less than two-minute video.
Her husband, Bryan Taylor, an Army JAG officer and Iraq war veteran served one term in the Alabama Senate, stepping down recently as Governor Kay Ivey’s chief legal advisor so that he could assist his wife in her candidacy. Together the couple have three children who are shown in the video.
“Like you, I’m tired of arrogant socialists like AOC who’ve never even run a lemonade stand telling us how we should live in Alabama and that more government is the answer,” the owner of a grant consulting firm said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez and other radical freshman Democrats, such as Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
“If you’re like me, you’re tired of radical socialists and liberal loudmouths like AOC, ‘the Squad,’ and Elizabeth Warren demonizing Alabama values and our strong support of President Trump,” Taylor said in a statement released along with the video.
“I’m running for Congress because Alabama needs a new generation of conservative leadership to take on these radical liberals,” she continued. “Alabama’s conservative values are at stake, and I will fight every single day to defend them.”
Taylor declared she “won’t apologize” for her conservative views and vowed to fight for those values even though it could “trigger” liberals.
“I’m a steadfast conservative, a mom, a patriot, a business owner, and job creator, and even though it might trigger a few liberals, I’ll fight to protect life, the Second Amendment, our borders, our military, our families and President Trump from socialists in the swamp,” she said proudly in the video. “And I won’t apologize for it.”
Though she has been involved in various government-related endeavors and worked from 2008 to 2010 in the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives under Gov. Bob Riley, her congressional bid is Taylor’s first run for public office.
She is joining a growing field of opponents as five other Republicans have declared their candidacy, including state Rep. William Dismukes, former Rep. Barry Moore, and former Alabama Attorney General Troy King.
“Conservatives like us need a squad of our own, and I’ll build it,” she said concluding her video ad. “So Alabama put me in the game.”
Taylor’s video announcement captured thousands of views since its release and sparked an outpouring of support and encouragement on social media.
Awesome launch video. Wish I lived in AL, so I could vote for you. Good luck!
— Robyn Coggins (@Bzboyzmom) October 21, 2019
This. Is. BRILLIANT!
— Joshua Hinton (@j_hinton859) October 21, 2019
Awesome. Congress needs more people like you. Good luck and God bless
— Duffy (@ThePrezKilker) October 21, 2019
— Patty ????????? (@Benny29143790) October 21, 2019
And followed. Boom. If you are on @TeamTrump @TrumpWarRoom @parscale group, you guys need to be following this one! She just rocked it out the park!! @realDonaldTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr @OANN get her rolling! #MAGA
— boss biggs (@biggs_boss) October 21, 2019
Please someone have @realDonaldTrump see this.
— Lindsay Hickman (@lindsayhickman_) October 21, 2019
?????? Now THATS what you call a campain ad.
C’mon Alabama, PLEASE put @JessicaTaylorAL in the GAME!
— ❌FiiQii❌ (@Ra_NiFicent) October 21, 2019
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